For over 120 years, our hospital has played a vital role in the health of the people in Chippewa County and surrounding area. Inspired by the Franciscan tradition of our founders, the services we offer are dictated not by the prospect of financial gain, but instead the opportunity to care, help and heal. In that spirit, we offer leading edge medical services. And something extra— the benefit of sincere caring.
The mission of St. Joseph's Hospital is to reveal and embody Christ's healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry.
Reflecting our high regard for one another as inspired by our Franciscan tradition, St. Joseph's Hospital will be the preferred choice for health care and hospital services in Chippewa County and the surrounding area.
St. Joseph's Hospital is a licensed 193-bed hospital located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The facilities, technology, and staff support a broad range of medical specialties. The hospital's ongoing capital improvement program assures that our facilities are modern, appealing, and designed to support the best practices available for patient care.
The primary mission of the Hospital Sisters Health System is to provide a structure and the means whereby the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis continue their healing mission in the Roman Catholic Church. Hospitals and other institutionally-based programs are the primary means of responding to those in need. Service is regarded as a ministry of healing which exemplifies the Gospel values of compassion, justice, and reverence for life throughout its continuum.
St. Joseph's Hospital has four key values that guide all that we do:
Respect— This includes respect for life and for the dignity of each individual person. It is a commitment to freeing and empowering each person to grow and develop to his or her full potential.
Care— This embodies the concern, compassion and sensitivity with which we care for patients, families, visitors and hospital staff as individuals on a one-to-one basis.
Competence— Our work is performed and our institutions are managed at the highest levels possible of skill and ability. We are committed to recruiting and developing competent people whose personal values reflect our own.
Joy— This is the manner in which our employees and all who join us in our ministry seek to perform their work — with happiness and pleasure. It is an essential ingredient in bringing a sense of hope to those who suffer.
The Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis came to Chippewa Falls on June28, 1885, at the invitation of Father Charles Goldsmith, the first and only pastor in Chippewa Falls at the time.
By November, the Rutledge home became the site of St. Joseph's Hospital. The sale of hospital tickets to loggers (a $5 ticket insured the holder for one year in case of sickness including medicine) funded builiding additions.
In the 1970's, the Hospital Sisters began a major capital campaign to raise funds for a larger facility. The 'new' St. Joseph's was formally opened on September 21, 1975, on County Highway I. In 1976, the first lay administrator was appointed.
Fifteen Sisters have served as administrator and many worked in the hospital. Educational offerings and retreats for staff preserve the Sisters' mission to provide care in the Franciscan spirit and continue our Catholic healing ministry.